Prep basketball: Warriors fall to Bishop Watterson

COLUMBUS – It’s not uncommon for Warren to shoot 50 percent or greater from the floor in any given game.

The Warriors are that good at scoring the basketball, which is why what happened Monday night in Columbus was so unusual.

The royal blue and white put up 53 shots attempts, just 14 of which went through the net for a shooting percentage of 26 percent.

Opponent Bishop Watterson, on the other hand, was 26-for-54 (48 percent) shooting the ball as it handed Warren a 61-39 defeat.

It was the Warriors’ second loss of the season, which matches their total from last year.

Warren just could not get anything to fall. The trio of Evan French, Reece Patton and Michael Hall was held to 10, 10 and 12, respectively, scoring-wise. The Warriors, who are often dynamic from beyond the arch, made just one 3-pointer in the contest.

Watterson held Warren to single digit points in the first three quarters of the game and used a 19-point second period to build a 32-16 advantage at halftime.

Matt Lehmann led Watterson with 14 points. Matt Hughes and Joey DiOrio each added 12.

Watterson also out-rebounded Warren 29-23.

Warren suffered a similar defeat last season against another Franklin County-based school, a 69-47 loss to Upper Arlington. Warren answered by winning its next 21 games en route to reaching the Final Four. Surely, coach Blane Maddox is hoping for a similar response to the Watterson game.

The Warriors will get their first shot at bouncing back Monday when they host undefeated Wheeling Park. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Watterson’s JV team defeated the Warren JVs 61-50. Luke Drayer led Warren with 14 points in the loss.